Yoga in English |  Utrecht

answer to our #1 most frequently asked question

Yes, we teach yoga in English!

At iYoga Utrecht, we understand the importance of accessibility and inclusivity. That is why all of our yoga classes – both in Utrecht and online – are conducted in English or Dutch, depending on the needs of our students. In fact, many of our classes follow a hybrid approach. This means we integrate English and Dutch instructions when needed to ensure clarity and comprehension for everyone in the class.

Utrecht, being a vibrant and diverse city with a thriving international community, welcomes people from all walks of life. Students attending one of the city’s universities, expats embarking on a new chapter in their life, or refugees finding their feet in a new country. We recognize that not everyone may be fluent in Dutch from the outset. While learning the local language can be incredibly enriching, we believe in creating a supportive and inclusive space. Language barriers should not be an obstacle to experiencing the transformative benefits of yoga.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from Amsterdam, Accra, or Adelaide. Regardless of what language you speak, you’ll find a warm and welcoming environment at iYoga Utrecht. Our team of teachers also represents variety of nationalities and backgrounds, reflecting the diverse fabric of our global community.

The universal language of Iyengar Yoga: finding connection

Iyengar yoga (read more about it via this link) transcends linguistic boundaries, with its principles and teaching methodologies being practiced and understood worldwide. We don’t just rely on verbal cues to convey the message. We also use demonstration to show the actions in the poses, and manual assistance or adjustments to find the right form. Whether you’re fluent in Dutch or English, the essence of Iyengar yoga remains consistent. This way we allow students to seamlessly participate in classes regardless of their language proficiency.

English as ‘lingua franca’

English is the language in which the classes at the ‘mother institute’ RIMYI in Pune are taught. Hence most Iyengar yoga teachers have been exposed to English language instructions. The worldwide Iyengar yoga community uses English as a sort of ‘lingua franca’. International workshops are often taught in English or translated simultaneously. Inspired by this attempt to be universally understood, we also want to lower linguistic barriers in our classes.

Supporting language learning to enhance integration

While yoga classes in English provide a welcoming space for non-Dutch speakers, they also offer a unique opportunity for language learning and integration. For expats and international students settling into life in Utrecht, participating in Dutch-language or bilingual yoga classes can serve as a practical and enjoyable way to improve language skills while nurturing physical and mental well-being. So if you’re learning the language, please let us know that we can teach in Dutch. And if there are terms you don’t understand, you can always ask us to translate or clarify!

Exploring Utrecht: a yoga adventure

As avid practitioners and travelers ourselves, we appreciate the joy of exploring new cities and cultures. Whenever we travel, visiting an Iyengar yoga studio is often at the top of our list. It’s a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local community and experience the authentic essence of a place beyond the typical tourist attractions. Even the journey to the studio by bike or public transport gives a perspective that one would not experience otherwise. The familiarity of the instructions and props gives a sense of grounding that is very welcome when traveling. And the dressing rooms offer a chance to connect with like minded people.  In that way we have received great insider tips for the best restaurants or other hidden gems in the surroundings!

In the picture you see Claas on a trip to Berlin, visiting the local Iyengar Yoga Institute.

Visiting a yoga studio while traveling

Looking for an English yoga class in Utrecht? We’ve got you!

If you’re moving to Utrecht or simply passing through, we extend a warm invitation for you to join us for a drop-in class. For seasoned practitioners or beginners at Iyengar yoga, our classes cater to all levels and backgrounds. Come experience the magic of Iyengar yoga in the heart of Utrecht, where language is no barrier to finding well-being and connection.

Book your class or contact us

Our website is as bilingual as our classes, so don’t hesitate to have a look around to get to know us a little better. Or to book your next class! Just click on the button below to be taken to our schedule right away. If you have additional questions, we’d be happy to help. Please get in touch with us via email or phone.